P | A | N – Proyecto Amasandería Nacional (2016)
Espacios Revelados / Changing Spaces
Barrio Yungay, Santiago, Chile
Proyecto Amasandería Nacional is a mobile bakery that travels the streets of Barrio Yungay inviting the newly arrived communities of immigrants to participate in a collective action: to produce and bake their own bread. The bread then becomes a vehicle for social integration and a catalyst for the production of cohesive public space in a neighborhood challenged by the flows and clashes of new cultures.
Proyecto Amasandería Nacional was developed as part of a public art initiative that aimed to engage art, community and heritage in the dilapidated Barrio Yungay in Santiago, Chile. Yungay, lately designated a conservation area, is the oldest planned neighbourhood in the city centre, long left to decay as a social and economic backwater, and now increasingly gentrified by those wanting to reclaim the area’s latent grandeur.
Proyecto Amasanderia Nacional aims to contribute to the discussion on heritage and community by revisiting simultaneously two equally important aspects when reading Barrio Yungay: its material heritage – i.e. its architectures and material state – and its immaterial heritage, the cultural capital of those who live in those same buildings. P | A | N proposes a participatory device through the temporary activation of public space, to bring visibility and to document the different aspects and values of heritage; but also, to create a vehicle for social integration for communities in conflict with or within the territory they inhabit.
P | A | N: Kneading dough while knitting communities
The image of bread in its universal simplicity and, at the same time, cultural density, becomes the catalyst for the processes that the project wants to articulate: 1) the making of bread as a highly inclusive production process; 2) the act of kneading dough as a space for play where to erase categories and hierarchies; 3) the exercise of collective production as a space of (intellectual) transference between participants and material (your bread represents you); and finally, 4) the concretion of a transaction as a direct translation of participation – your time is represented by the amount of kilos of bread baked.
Catalina Pollak Williamson in collaboration with students of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, Universidad Diego Portales.
P | A | N was commissioned for the Changing Spaces initiative by the Siemens-Stiftung Foundation.